Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Civil Air Patrol Has Saved 128 Lives So Far in FY 2018

Civil Air Patrol has been credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) with saving 128 lives thus far in fiscal year 2018! 

Squadron 150 Commander Maj. (then Capt.) David Powell serving as a Mission Observer during a search and rescue training mission
(Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)
The AFRCC is the agency responsible for coordinating all on-land search and rescue activities in the "lower 48" states, Mexico and Canada. When the AFRCC receives a distress call, "the center investigates the request, coordinates with federal, state, and local officials, and determines the type and scope of response necessary. Once verified as an actual distress situation, the AFRCC requests support from the appropriate federal SAR force. This may include Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, or other Department of Defense assets, as needed." (Source: AFRCC)